Sunday, Aug 14, 2022 - 10:40:11
34 results - (0.012 seconds)

Islamic Jihad:

latest news at page 1:
1
    (CNN)Three Palestinian men were killed during an Israeli military operation against suspected militants in the West Bank on Tuesday morning, according to information from the Palestinian health ministry. Among the dead is Ibrahim Al-Nabulsi, a regional militant commander in the north of the West Bank, and the apparent target of the Israeli raid. The other men killed have been named by Palestinian health ministry officials as Islam Sabbouh and Hussein Jamal Taha.A statement from the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), a loose affiliation of smaller armed groups, hailed the three men's deaths as a heroic act of resistance.While closely linked, the PRC is regarded as separate from the armed wings of Islamic Jihad (the Quds Brigades) and Hamas (the Qassam Brigades).Israeli forces surrounded a building in the old city of Nablus early Tuesday before targeting it with a shoulder-fired missile, an Israeli statement said, triggering an exchange of gunfire.Read MoreThe Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group, said on Telegram that its members in Nablus were involved in "violent confrontations with enemy special forces as they...
    Jerusalem/Gaza (CNN)A ceasefire between Israel and the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza was holding on Monday after a weekend of hostilities left dozens of Palestinians dead. The truce, announced on Sunday evening by both sides, came about 50 hours after the escalation began, when Israel launched what it called preemptive strikes on targets of the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza. At least 44 Palestinians, including 15 children and some militants, were killed in the violence, according to Palestinian officials.The escalation was the most serious in nearly 15 months, when the Israeli military and Hamas fought an 11-day war in May 2021. A key difference this time was the decision by Hamas to stay out of the fighting. Its statements blamed Israel for the escalation but consistently stopped short of threatening attacks in retaliation.The Israeli prime minister's office thanked Egypt for its mediation efforts but warned that if the ceasefire was violated, "the State of Israel maintains the right to respond strongly."Read MoreTerms of the agreement were not immediately made public. However, Egypt's official state news agency reported that...
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group said an Israeli airstrike late Saturday killed its top commander for the southern Gaza Strip, a day after Israel killed the Iranian-backed group’s commander for northern Gaza in an air raid that triggered the worst cross-border conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants since the end of an 11-day war in 2021. Al-Quda Brigades of Islamic Jihad confirmed Sunday that the airstrike in the southern Gaza city of Rafah had killed Khaled Mansour, the commander, and two fellow militants. It said five other civilians, including a child and three women, were also killed in the airstrike that flattened several homes in Rafah. Late Saturday, Gaza’s Health Ministry said 24 people have been killed so far in the coastal strip, including six children. The number doesn’t likely include all of those who were killed in the Rafah airstrike because Civil Defense responders were still looking for bodies and survivors under the rubble. For now, the two highest-ranking commanders in Islamic Jihad and several other militants are among the dead. Israel...
    Violence broke out on the West Bank for a second day as Israel and Gaza fired scores of rockets in the worst conflict escalation for more than a year. At least 15 people were killed and 125 injured in the bombardment, including a five-year-old Palestinian girl and a senior commander of an Islamic militant group. Israel said it had arrested 19 members of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad in a series of raids after militants fired almost 200 rockets on Friday night. Most had been intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome aerial defence system with no Israeli deaths, but 13 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The Israeli military has warned that the latest conflict – codenamed Operation Breaking Dawn – could be ‘lengthy’ and last for a week or more.  Rockets are fired by Palestinian militants into Israel on Friday night, amid the worst conflict in the area for more than a year RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Israel airstrike hits Gaza after Palestinians fire rockets... Palestinian militants fire dozens of rockets...
    TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip were exchanging fire Saturday in the worst bout of cross-border violence since an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas last year. Israeli airstrikes have killed 11 people, including a senior commander from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an Iran-backed militant group, who was slain in a targeted attack. That came following the arrest this week of another senior Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank in what’s been a monthslong Israeli operation to round up Palestinians suspected of attacks. Militants have fired dozens of rockets at Israeli cities and towns, disrupting life for tens of thousands of people. Here’s a look at the latest round of violence: IN HAMAS’ SHADOW Islamic Jihad is the smaller of the two main Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip, and is vastly outnumbered by the ruling Hamas group. But it enjoys direct financial and military backing from Iran, and has become the driving force in engaging in rocket attacks and other confrontations with Israel. Hamas, which seized control of...
    By Fares Akram and Tia Goldenberg | Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli jets pounded militant targets in Gaza early Saturday as rockets rained on southern Israel, hours after a wave of Israeli airstrikes on the coastal enclave killed at least 11 people, including a senior militant and a 5-year-old girl. The fighting that began Friday with Israel’s dramatic targeted killing of a senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad continued throughout the night, drawing the sides closer to an all-out war. But the territory’s Hamas rulers appeared to stay on the sidelines of the conflict, keeping its intensity somewhat contained, for now. Israel and Hamas have fought four wars and several smaller battles over the last 15 years at a staggering cost to the territory’s 2 million Palestinian residents. The latest round of Israel-Gaza violence was sparked by the arrest this week of a senior Islamic Jihad leader in the West Bank, part of a monthlong Israeli military operation in the territory. Citing a security threat, Israel then sealed roads around the Gaza Strip and on Friday...
    Ten people, including a senior jihadi leader, were killed after Israel launched a new wave of airstrikes and Palestinian Authority militants sent rocket attacks into Gaza, stoking fears of a renewed war between the bitter enemies. Late Friday night local time, Gaza's military Joint Operations Room, a group consisting of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and all other Palestinian militant groups, said in a statement that they are preparing a further response to Israel's airstrikes, according to the Middle East Eye. The office of Hamas's political chief, Ismail Haniyeh, warned that "all options are open" after 10 people, including Islamic Jihad leader Tayseer al Jabari, were killed in the attacks. Smoke rises following Israeli airstrikes on a building in Gaza City. Hatem Moussa/AP The conflict started Friday when the Israel Defense Forces launched an airstrike. Islamic Jihad responded with a barrage of rockets, which were met in turn with more Israeli airstrikes. The exchange is raising worries about a new war breaking out in the region. ISRAEL CONDUCTS WAVE OF STRIKES ON GAZA "Israel is...
    An Iran-backed terrorist organization has fired scores of rockets against Israeli targets in retaliation for the assassination of one of their top commanders in Gaza, according to reports. “We are heading to battle, and there is no truce after this airstrike,” the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s Ziad al Nakhalah said Friday. “The results of this war will be in favor of the Palestinian people. The enemy should expect a battle, not a truce.” Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz is preparing to call up 25,000 reservists for the prospective fight, although he maintained that the “mission is to ensure that the tension ends and routine returns.” The uproar comes just over a year after a major clash between Israeli forces and Hamas militants rocked Gaza for 11 days. "We don't know how this will play out … but this could take time,” Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked told local media. “This could be a lengthy round [of conflict] and a hard one." ISRAEL CONDUCTS WAVE OF STRIKES ON GAZA The duration and intensity of this furor likely will depend on whether PIJ...
    ISRAEL has pounded with air strike killing more than 15 people, including a senior militant commander and a five-year-old girl. In retaliation Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad group said it fired more than 100 rockets at Israel, prompting air raid warnings in the south and central parts of the country. 3Explosions in Gaza as Israel carried out air strikesCredit: Reuters 3An Israeli helicopter seen flying towards the GazaCredit: AP A blast was heard in Gaza City, where smoke poured out of the seventh floor of a tall building on Friday afternoon. In a nationally televised speech Friday night, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said his country had launched the attacks based on concrete threats. “This government has a zero tolerance policy for any attempted attacks of any kind from Gaza towards Israeli territory,” he said. "Israel will not sit idly by when there are those who are trying to harm its civilians. READ MORE ON PALESTINE FUNERAL MAYHEM Shocking moment Israeli forces attack mourners at journalist’s funeralHOLED UP Six 'jihadi' prisoners escape top Israeli jail by digging tunnel with rusty...
    Israel fired off a slew of airstrikes Friday in Gaza, killing at least eight and injuring at least 40 amid escalating tensions in the region, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. A 5-year-old girl and Gaza Commander Taiseer al Jabari were among those killed in the strikes that come on the heels of Israeli authorities arresting Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Bassam al Saadi earlier in the week, per Palestinian officials. Militants in Gaza had threatened retaliation in response to the arrest. BIDEN ADMINISTRATION HEADS TO VIENNA FOR LAST-DITCH IRAN NEGOTIATIONS "The [Israel Defense Forces] recently attacked Islamic Jihad targets in the Gaza Strip. This is an operation aimed at removing a concrete threat to the citizens of the State of Israel and surrounding Gaza and harming terrorists and their couriers," Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid tweeted, per a translation. Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a group in Gaza that is smaller than Hamas but harbors similar motivations. An official from Palestinian Islamic Jihad claimed the group had issued demands to Israel via Egyptian mediators for the release...
    The Israel Defense Forces posted a video on Friday of its strikes that took out a top terrorist leader in Gaza. The IDF killed Tayseer Jabari, who was the commander of the military wing of the U.S.-designated terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, on Friday. IDF publishes a video of the airstrike on senior Islamic Jihad commander, Tayseer Jabari in northern Gaza. pic.twitter.com/cySVQsg3Bt — Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) August 5, 2022 According to The Times of Israel: Israel announced the start of a military operation in the Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon with multiple strikes on targets of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, with leaders saying the actions were necessary after the group refused to back down from its intentions to carry out attacks against the country. The military said six sites were hit by fighter jets and armed drones as it launched Operation Breaking Dawn. One of the strikes killed one of the PIJ’s senior commanders. The IDF also targeted the head of the anti-tank guided missile array and several squads preparing attacks. The army estimated that between...
    By Fares Akram and Joseph Krauss | Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel unleashed a wave of airstrikes in Gaza on Friday, killing at least nine people, including a senior militant, and wounding dozens, according to Palestinian officials. Israel said it was targeting the Islamic Jihad militant group in response to an “imminent threat” following the arrest of another senior militant in the occupied West Bank earlier this week. The targeted killing of the senior Palestinian militant appeared likely to draw rocket fire from Gaza, which would push the sides closer to all-out war. Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers have fought four wars and several smaller battles over the last 15 years at a staggering cost to the territory’s 2 million Palestinian residents. A blast was heard in Gaza City, where smoke poured out of the seventh floor of a tall building on Friday afternoon. Video released by the military showed strikes blowing up three guard towers with suspected militants in them. “The Israeli government will not allow terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip to set the...
    Jerusalem and Gaza (CNN)The Israeli military launched deadly strikes against Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza on Friday as tensions continue to rise between Israel and Palestinian militant groups. Islamic Jihad said in a statement that one of its senior leaders, Tayseer Al Jabari, had been killed in an Israeli strike. He was a commander in the Quds Brigade, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, the group said, and a member of its Military Council.The Palestinian health ministry said at least seven people were killed, including a five-year-old girl, and another 40 were injured.A CNN producer in Gaza saw medics carrying two bodies out of a building called the Palestine Tower that had been hit in one of the strikes. Palestinians gather next to the site of an Israeli strike in Gaza City on Friday.An Israeli army statement announcing the military action made clear it was targeting Islamic Jihad, the smaller of the two main militant groups in Gaza. A "special situation" has been declared in areas around Gaza, in anticipation of possible rocket fire, or other retaliatory attacks, the army...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces and armed Palestinians exchanged fire during an Israeli arrest raid in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank early Tuesday, leaving two Palestinians dead, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. One of those killed in the Jenin camp was identified as a 22-year-old member of the militant Islamic Jihad group; he had been shot in the head. The other was an 18-year-old. In the arrest raid, Israeli troops from the paramilitary border police surrounded the home of the wanted man who eventually turned himself in. An police statement said Palestinians opened fire from multiple directions twice during the raid, and that Israeli forces returned fire. As the Israeli forces left Jenin, dozens of people threw firebombs and a home-made grenade, drawing more Israeli fire, police said. The Jenin camp has been a stronghold of armed men from the pro-Iran Islamic Jihad and the larger militant Hamas group. Islamic Jihad’s top political leaders are based in Syria and Lebanon, with some prominent members in Gaza, where it is the second largest militant group...
    The fifth of Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12 steps is to admit “to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs”—the reason being that honest confrontation of past misdeeds and mistakes is central to any process of recovery. That sort of open acknowledgment, however, is largely absent from the work carried out by the Mohammed bin Nayef Counseling and Care Center, a Saudi Arabian treatment facility that was founded by its namesake to help rehabilitate Islamic terrorists. Certainly, no one profiled by Jihad Rehab (premiering Jan. 22 at the Sundance Film Festival) seems interested in truly confessing their jihadist crimes to the camera, and that willful omission is a pressing problem throughout Meg Smaker’s documentary, which is undermined by a frequent desire to buy into its subjects narratives and, in doing so, to let them craft their own self-serving self-portraits. Following 15+ years in Guantanamo Bay for a litany of terrorist offenses as members of al Qaeda and the Taliban (and as bodyguards for Osama bin Laden), Yemeni nationals Nadir, Mohammed and Ali are transferred—via a...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian prisoner who has been on hunger strike for over 140 days to protest being imprisoned without charge agreed Tuesday to end his fast after reaching a deal with Israel to be released next month, his lawyer said. Hisham Abu Hawash, a 40-year-old father of five and a member of the Islamic Jihad militant group, is the latest of several Palestinians to go on hunger strike to protest being held under “administrative detention,” a controversial measure Israel says is needed for security. His lawyer, Jawad Boulos, said he agreed to end the hunger strike after Israel pledged to release him on Feb. 26. There was no immediate comment from Israeli officials. Palestinians have protested across the occupied West Bank and Gaza in support of Abu Hawash and Islamic Jihad had threatened military action against Israel if he died in custody. The 2.5 million Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank are subject to Israeli military courts, while Jewish settlers living in the territory are citizens subject to Israel’s civilian justice system. Israel captured the West Bank...
    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — At least 250 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel have begun a hunger strike to protest their relocation to isolated cells, officials said Wednesday. The hunger strike, led by the militant Islamic Jihad group, comes amid heightened tensions in Israeli detention facilities following the escape of six prisoners from a high-security prison last month. All six were recaptured within a couple of weeks, but the escape embarrassed Israeli authorities and was hailed as a stroke of defiance by Palestinians. Israel is currently holding more than 4,600 Palestinians in connection with the Mideast conflict. The prisoners range from senior militants convicted of deadly attacks against Israelis to political activists who took part in demonstrations and teenagers detained for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. The prisoners organize themselves by political faction and have secured concessions over the years through hunger strikes and other collective action. The Palestinian Prisoners Club, which represents former and current prisoners, said the latest strike is to protest the separation of Islamic Jihad prisoners into designated cells, isolating them from most other members...
    JERUSALEM—Israel’s prisons are confronting a rebellion as inmates associated with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad rioted and set fire to cells following the spectacular escape, on Monday, of six fellow prisoners held in one of Israel’s most secured jails. A dozen cells in two penitentiaries were set on fire, and prisoners threatened further harm to wardens after attacking one Gilboa prison jailer with boiling water, according to briefings by prison authorities. The prisoners were reportedly protesting a decision to have them moved from their wings, one of the measures taken by Israeli authorities in the aftermath of the staggering jailbreak of half a dozen men accused of crimes of terror, who bolted from the high-security Gilboa prison in the Negev desert with cartoonish ease. “Morale is high among the prisoners since the Gilboa jailbreak.” Despite more than 90 checkpoints set up by the police, which impacted holiday traffic over the Jewish New Year, and support from 14 army infantry companies and special units, there has barely been sighting of the fugitives, Zakaria Zubeidi, Iham Kamamji, Monadal Infiat, Yakub Kadari and the...
    Jerusalem (CNN)Israeli authorities are hunting for six Palestinian militants who broke out of prison, apparently through a tunnel, sometime early Monday morning.The men escaped from Gilboa prison, which lies between the Sea of Galilee in Israel and the West Bank town of Jenin.A picture of a tunnel entrance purportedly used by the prisoners to escape has been widely shared on Palestinian social media, and Israeli media are reporting the men used a tunnel to get out, but police have not yet confirmed it. Zakaria Zubeidi, a commander in the militant wing of the Palestinian political party Fatah, is one of the escapees, according to a Palestinian prisoner support group. The other five are all reported to be members of the militant group Islamic Jihad. Islamic Jihad said in a statement that the prison break was a "major heroic act" and a "severe slap to the Israeli army and the entire system in Israel." Read MoreIsraeli police say intelligence services are involved in a large police operation to try to find the men. Drones and helicopters are also being used in...
    Andrew Jose, The Western Journal May 18, 2021 0 Comments Israel announced Monday that it has destroyed miles of tunnels used by the Palestinian militant group Hamas. In addition, the Jewish state has also killed a top commander belonging to the Palestine Islamic Jihad movement as part of its operations in Gaza. “Our fighter jets neutralized 9.3 miles of the Hamas ‘Metro’ terror tunnel system overnight. That’s 9.3 miles that can no longer be used for terror,” the Israel Defense Forces announced in a Sunday tweet, describing the tunnel network as being about the size of “163 football fields, 46 Eiffel Towers, 34 Empire State Buildings, 18 Burj Khalifas, and nearly 2 Mt. Everests.” According to a Saturday report in The Jerusalem Post, the “Metro” is a tunnel network with “dozens of kilometers” of tunnels used by Hamas militants to seek refuge from Israeli air operations. It was built following Israel’s 2014 Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, The Post reported. Aircrafts belonging to the IDF have managed to successfully destroy stretches of this tunnel network which criss-cross underneath Gaza,...
    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released dramatic video Monday detailing a precision missile strike that targeted Islamic Jihad Northern Division Commander in Gaza, Hussam Abu Harbid. As the vision shows, that was little left to show of the dead terror commander after the mission was completed: This is the moment we targeted Islamic Jihad Northern Division Commander in Gaza, Hussam Abu Harbid. As an Islamic Jihad commander for 15 years, he was behind rocket launches, shootings, & anti-tank missile attacks on Israel. He wont be committing any more terrorist attacks. pic.twitter.com/hbwFsSjjq3 — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 17, 2021 The IDF also struck a warehouse containing weapons that was located in the home of a Hamas terrorist and also targeted a naval weapons warehouse belonging to Hamas, as Breitbart News reported. Residents of Gaza awakened by the overnight barrage described it as the heaviest since the war began, even more powerful than a wave of airstrikes in Gaza City the day before that left 42 dead and flattened three buildings. That earlier attack was the deadliest in the current round of...
    The Israeli military unleashed a series of precision airstrikes on the Gaza Strip early Monday morning, destroying nine miles of terrorist tunnels and the homes of Hamas commanders. The latest attacks killed a local Gaza leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group, according to the Israeli military, which blamed him for some of the thousands of terror rocket attacks launched at Israel and now entering their second week. What’s 9.3 miles (15 km)? 163 football fields46 Eiffel Towers34 Empire State Buildings18 Burj KhalifasNearly 2 Mt. Everests Our fighter jets neutralized 9.3 miles of the Hamas Metro terror tunnel system overnight. Thats 9.3 miles that can no longer be used for terror. — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 17, 2021 AP reports Gaza’s mayor, Yahya Sarraj, told Al-Jazeera TV the strikes had caused extensive damage to roads and other infrastructure. “If the aggression continues we expect conditions to become worse,” he said. “Senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Hassam Abu-Arbid was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the northern Gaza Strip Monday afternoon as rockets fired from the blockaded enclave...
    Israeli warplanes unleashed another wave of heavy airstrikes on the Gaza Strip Monday, destroying about nine miles of militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders — and also killing a senior Islamic Jihad leader, the military said. As the escalating hostilities entered their second week, the Gaza Health Ministry said 198 residents have been killed, including 58 children and 35 women, and some 1,300 have been injured in the fighting. The ministry doesn’t specify how many of the dead belonged to Hamas or other terrorist groups. A rocket fired from Gaza flies towards Israel.EPA On the Israeli side, 10 people have been killed in the fighting, including a soldier and a 5-year-old boy. The IDF announced Monday that it had assassinated Hussam Abu Harbeed, who commanded Islamic Jihad’s northern Gaza division and led attacks against Israeli soldiers and civilians for almost 15 years, according to The Times of Israel. In a statement, the IDF said Harbeed “was behind several anti-tank missile terror attacks against Israeli civilians.” One of those attacks occurred on the first day of the current...
    Israeli officials are downplaying Iran’s responsibility for the eruption of violence in Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, despite their general perception of the regime as a malign force. “I don't have any intelligence that shows the direct connection of Iran now to the situation,” Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Lior Haiat told reporters Wednesday. “I don’t have this information at this moment.” That statement suggests Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government does not regard the dueling fusillades of Palestinian rocket attacks and Israeli airstrikes as a proxy conflict with Iran. Still, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has pledged to support the Palestinians “more vigilantly and strongly,” according to Iranian media, in pursuit of the eradication of Israel. ISRAEL REBUFFS US CALLS FOR CEASEFIRE AS BLINKEN SENDS ENVOY TO REGION “The axis of resistance, led by the Quds Force ... will liberate the land of Palestine from the claws of the evil regime,” Iranian parliament presiding board member Seyed Mohsen Dehnavi said in a statement. “Quds [Jerusalem] will be liberated by the Quds Force.” The rocket attacks from Gaza have been launched...
    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin that the international community needs to “teach a deterrent lesson” to Israel in a Wednesday call discussing the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. Israel has unleashed hundreds of airstrikes on military targets in Gaza in response to over 1,000 rockets fired by Hamas terrorists operating in the strip. Erdogan responded to the violence by calling Israel a “terror state” for its handling of violent riots outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Friday. (RELATED: Israel Assassinates Top Hamas Commander, Islamist Soldiers In Targeted Airstrikes: Report) “The cruel Israel, terror state Israel is mercilessly and unethically attacking Muslims in Jerusalem,” Erdogan said, referring to the Israeli police’s response to the rioting. At least 56 Palestinians, including 14 children, and seven Israelis, including one Israeli child are believed to have been killed since violence escalated between Hamas and Israel Monday. The Israeli military also said it killed 25 Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad members, according to The Wall Street Journal. Turkish President and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Recep Tayyip Erdogan...
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threw down the gauntlet to Hamas and Islamic Jihad during a Tuesday evening press conference, during which he reaffirmed Israel’s commitment to defend itself against terrorism. “Hamas and Islamic Jihad have paid and will pay a very heavy price for their aggression. I say here this evening: their blood is on their own hands” Netanyahu said of the two terrorist organizations, according to The Times of Israel.   Hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel since Monday evening. Many of the missiles were intercepted by Israel’s missile defense system, the Iron Dome. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) responded with airstrikes on Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza. At least 32 people have reportedly been killed and over 200 wounded in Gaza, according to The Associated Press. Three Israelis were reportedly killed and over a dozen were wounded by rockets from Gaza, NPR reported. “Yesterday and today, the IDF attacked hundreds of Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist targets in the Gaza Strip. We have eliminated dozens of terrorists, including senior commanders....
    The government of Sri Lanka announced this weekend it would implement a nationwide ban on burqas, Islamic coverings for women that shield the entire face, arguing the garment presents “national security” risks. As the federal government does not have the unilateral power to implement such a ban, ministers will reportedly be working alongside lawmakers to draft it into law. Reports indicated the government in Colombo will accompany this move with the shutdown of hundreds of madrassas, or Islamic schools, operating without government license or supervision in an attempt to diminish the influence of radical jihadist ideology. Sri Lanka is a majority Buddhist country with significant Muslim, Christian, and Hindu minorities. It was the site of one of the deadliest Islamic State attacks in history on Easter Sunday 2019 — a coordinated series of suicide bombings that killed over 250 people. The bombers targeted churches and hotels catering to Christians with Easter-themed brunch meals. Witnesses told local media the suicide bombers in churches attempted to target the smallest children in the room, detonating their explosives in the back of the church where parents...
    Twelve Palestinian groups participated Tuesday in an unprecedented joint drill in Gaza, which saw the use of drones and the firing of several rockets into the Mediterranean as a warning to Israel. The Hamas-dominated Joint Command Room, comprised of approximately a dozen of Gaza’s militant outfits, organized the Dec. 29 drill, dubbed “Al Rukn Al Shadid,” to train for possible military scenarios with Israel, The Media Line reported.  “We salute the Palestinian factions in Gaza that carried out [the exercise] today,” Ismail Haniyeh, senior Hamas political leader, said on Tuesday, according to a Hamas press release. Fighters take part in military exercises by Palestinian armed factions, featuring mock Israeli military targets and vehicles, at a military site in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, on December 29, 2020.  (Photo by SAID KHATIB/AFP via Getty Images) “This maneuver predicts the future and [demonstrates] the form of the factions’ work in the future through the Joint Operations Room,” Haniyeh added.  Some of the participating organizations, according to The Media Line, included Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine,...
    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - An array of Palestinian militant groups launched rockets into the Mediterranean Sea off the Gaza Strip on Tuesday at the start of what they called their first-ever joint exercise, which Israeli media described as a show of force organised by Iran. Gaza is run by Hamas and also home to other militant groups, including Islamic Jihad. The exercise was announced on behalf of a joint command set up by the groups in 2018. Eight rockets streaked through a cloudless sky in Gaza towards the Mediterranean after Abu Hamza, spokesman for Islamic Jihad, delivered a speech launching the drill. It will include land and coastal exercises described by the groups as a test of their preparedness for any future confrontation with Israel. Israeli media said the drill was organised by the militants' sponsors in Tehran to demonstrate risks Israel could face if Iran comes under U.S. or Israeli attack in the waning days of the Trump administration. On the eve of the exercise, a large portrait of Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani, who was...
    An estimated 40,000 people attended a rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday calling for a nationwide boycott of France and government policies meant to hurt the European nation in response to President Emmanuel Macron launching a campaign against radical Islamists. Macron has begun the process of shutting down jihadist groups and arresting radical Islamists in the aftermath of the murder of Samuel Paty, a schoolteacher, for showing his students satirical cartoons of Muhammad by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Macron has refused to apologize for the cartoons, as many in the Islamic world have demanded, instead announcing France would not yield to violence or intimidation in attempts to curtail free speech. The French government also held a national tribute to Paty, which many in the Islamic world considered an insult given Paty’s status as an infidel. Local newspapers identified Islami Andolan Bangladesh (Islamic Movement), a major Islamist political party in the country, as having organized the protests. The mob, which police estimated to include 40,000 men, burned Macron in effigy in addition to making their calls to boycott France. The event threatened...
    A radical Islamic cleric will be arraigned Friday in Manhattan court on terrorism charges after encouraging an undercover NYPD cop to carry out terror attacks, authorities said. Shaikh Abdullah Faisal, 56, was arrested three years ago in Jamaica and was finally brought to New York on Thursday after fighting the extradition. The militant cleric — born as Trevor William Forrest — allegedly communicated with a female undercover NYPD officer by email, text and video chat to encourage her to join ISIS and carry out attacks abroad from 2015 to 2017. “Shaikh Faisal has dedicated his life to terror recruitment,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said at the time of the cleric’s arrest, which resulted from a joint operation with the NYPD. “Through his lectures, website, and videos, he incites untold numbers of people around the world to take up the cause of jihad,” Vance said. A popular online figure, Faisal has overtly supported ISIS and the establishment of an Islamic caliphate through violent jihad. In one of his online lectures, he declared, “The way forward is not the ballot....
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The former head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement was laid to rest Sunday in the Syrian capital Damascus, a day after he died following a long illness. He was 62. Hundreds of people attended the funeral of Ramadan Shallah, who had been in a coma for more than three years after heart surgery. The group didn’t say where he died, but he was believed to have been in Lebanon. Shallah was buried following the afternoon prayers in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus. His funeral was attended by Syria-based Palestinian officials. Shallah led the Iranian-backed group for over 20 years, after its founder, Fathi Shikaki, was shot dead in Malta in a 1995 attack widely attributed to Israel. In 2018, the group named Shallah’s deputy, Ziad al-Nakhalah, as a new leader. Palestinian Islamic Jihad has offices in Syria and Lebanon, but most of its activities are focused in the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip. “We pledge to continue the route of resistance until we liberate Palestine with the allies in Syria,...
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The former head of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement died Saturday night after a long illness. He was 62. Ramadan Shalah had been in a coma for more than three years after heart surgery, the group said. It didn’t say where he died, but he is believed to have been in Lebanon. Shalah led the Iranian-backed group for over 20 years, after its founder, Fathi Shikaki, was shot dead in Malta in an attack widely attributed to Israel. In 2018, the group named Shalah’s deputy, Ziad al-Nakhalah, as a new leader. Palestinian Islamic Jihad has offices in Syria and Lebanon, but most of its activities are focused in the Palestinian enclave of the Gaza Strip. Mosque loudspeakers across Gaza blared in the evening with tributes to Shalah. Last year, the movement took part in several rounds of heavy fighting with Israel. But in recent months it has remained committed to an unofficial truce brokered by regional mediators between Israel and Hamas, the larger Islamic group ruling Gaza. Palestinian Islamic Jihad previously has taken part...
1